INDIANAPOLIS – Former Stanford tight end Coby Fleener, who ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay considers the top tight end in the draft, had an interview with the Falcons at a downtown hotel Wednesday night.
“I talked to the Falcons tight end coach [Chris Scelfo] last night,” Fleener told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday. “He seems like a good coach and a nice guy.”
The Falcons have the 55th overall pick in the second round of the NFL draft, which is set for April 26-28. Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez signed a one-year extension late last season and is expected to retire after the 2012 season.
The Falcons have studied the tight end position intensely over the last three drafts and have flirted with taking the likes of Brandon Pettigrew (Detroit, 2009), Jermaine Gresham (Cincinnati, 2010) and Kyle Rudolph (Minnesota, 2011). This may be the year they pull the trigger at tight end.
Fleener would have to slip past San Francisco, which is now coach by former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, to get to the Falcons’ slot. The idea of playing with the Falcons and learning under Gonzalez, sits well with Fleener.
“Absolutely, I’d like to learn from Tony Gonzalez,” Fleener said. “I’d be excited to.”
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog